Adams County History & Genealogy

Adams County, Ohio Military History

Civil War: Twenty-Fourth O.V.I.

Company D

This was Adams County's first offering in the Civil War. The company was mustered into service 13 Jun 1861. The original officers were Moses Patterson, captain; Armstead T. M. Cockerill, first lieutenant; Lafayette Foster, second lieutenant. Patterson died 02 Sep 1861, and Cockerill succeeded him and became lieutenant colonel of the regiment. Isaac N. Dryden, killed at the battle of Chickamauga, was the third captain and George Collings was the fourth.

The following were the battles participated in by the company:

Great Mountain WV 12-13 Sep 1861
Greenbrier WV 03 Oct 1861
Shiloh Tenn 06-07 Apr 1862
Corinth MI 30 May 1862
Perrysville KY 08 Oct 1862
Stone River TN 31 Dec 1862; 01-02 Jan 1863
Woodbury TN 24 Jan 1863
Tullahoma Campaign TN 23-30 Jun 1863
Chickamauga GA 19-20 Sep 1863
Lookout Mountain TN 24 Nov 1863
Mission Ridge TN 25 Nov 1863
Ringgold GA (Taylor's Ridge) 27 Nov 1863
Buzzard Roost GA (Rocky Face Ridge) 25-27 Feb 1864
Nashville TN 01-16 Dec 1864
Decatur AL (Capture of) 27-28 Dec 1864

The following were killed in battle or died in the service:

William R. Adamson, 25 Sep 1863 died of wounds at Chickamauga
William H. Bailey 07 Apr 1862 killed at Shiloh
Isaac N. Dryden, captain 20 Sep 1863 wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, and died of the same some days later
John K. Edgington 28 Jul 1861 died at Camp Chase OH
Allen Gutridge 19 Sep 1863 killed at Chickamauga
Luther C. Hines 02 May 1864 died of wound in the foot received at Lookout Mountain
William L. McConnell 16 Jan 1862 disease
Robert W. McClanaham 22 Mar 1862 disease
James Ogle killed at Chickamauga
David S. Potter, sergeant, color bearer while carrying the colors, was killed at Stone River. He is buried at West Union.
James R. Putenney, sergeant killed at Stone River
John W. Rivers 04 Aug 1863 disease
William H. Swanger 18 Apr 1862 died of wounds received at Shiloh, interred in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville KY
Henry M. Toll killed at Chickamauga and buried at Chattanooga
Alexander Thompson killed at Chickamauga
William S. Crawford 29 Dec 1964 died of wounds received at the battle of Nashville, buried at Nashville
Robert C. Hayslip 29 Sep 1865 disease
Sewell Pointer 20 Jan 1865 died of wounds received at Nashville
Wesley Schultz, corporal killed at the battle of Nashville
Samuel W. Thomas, second lieutenant killed at the battle of Nashville

None of the Adams County men have records of wounds on the official roster. Those wounded all died of their wounds, or else no record was made.

Most of the members of Company D have gone to the other side as of 1898. Daniel, Emery is living in Colorado. Thomas E. DeBruin is the postmaster at Winchester. James Credit is living in Monroe Township. William T. Hook is in Clinton County. John W. Lightbody is at Blue Creek, as is also George, W. Lewis. William H. Holderness is living at Vanceburg KY. No doubt others are living, but the editors of this work are not advised of their whereabouts. This company saw as hard service as any in the war. They were noble patriots, every one, and reflected great credit on the patriotism, of the people of the county, whom they represented. William H. Holderness was first lieutenant at muster, and Samuel B. Charles was second lieutenant, and George Collings, captain.

from its earliest settlement to the present time including character sketches of the prominent persons identified with the first century of the county's growth and containing numerous engravings and illustrations
Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers [1900, West Union OH]